Charlotte Mayoral race

New GOP campaign tactic: "Vote for me, I'm White!"

It doesn't get much more absurd than this:

A Charlotte mayoral candidate wants people to know that she’s Republican, smart – and white. “VOTE FOR ME!” Kimberley Paige Barnette posted on Facebook. “REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL.” Barnette, who turned 53 on Friday, is a former Mecklenburg County magistrate making her first run for office.

Asked how the city could help its lower-income residents, Barnette said, “I don’t think we should encourage more lower-income people to (come to) Charlotte.”

“We should attract higher-income people.”

Yeah, that's not really an answer, but I'll play along. How do we attract higher income people to come to Charlotte? I mean, aside from the obvious, "Hey look, we have White people here, too!" Pretty sure that's the sum-total of her plan. Or was the sum-total, since she has apparently scrubbed that idiotic stuff from her Facebook page. As we say out here in the hinterlands (I'm actually like five minutes from the Interstate, but work with me on this) "Bless her heart."

Charlotte Mayor's Race: Endorsement Roundup...now you decide

Charlotte's second primary is coming to a close and voters will decide tomorrow which Democrat will face Republican Edwin Peacock in November's general election. Roberts is still being called the front runner, but most media sources are not singing her praises. More importantly, former mayoral candidate David Howard and respected LGBT activist and journalist Matt Comer have endorsed Dan Clodfelter.

Charlotte Mayoral Candidate Scott Stone Fails Competency Test

A charity fund run by Scott Stone, Republican candidate for mayor in Charlotte, is receiving some unwanted attention for the low percentage of fundraising dollars passing through to the supported cause. According to available tax returns, North Carolina Heroes Fund (NCHF) has raised $168,807.73 and distributed $39,210.37 to veterans in need. This means only 23% of funds raised has passed through to help veterans, not the 30% stated by the Charlotte Observer. In contrast, $41,542.48 has gone to one professional fundraiser in 2009 and well over $40,000 in unitemized expenses have been incurred. This leaves Scott Stone's financial competence wide open for criticism.

John Lassiter Hide and Seek

John Lassiter is still avoiding cameras which causes a problem for residents of Charlotte who don't have the time, transportation or desire to grab a map of Charlotte and head out to a candidate forum. We heard last week that Lassiter had cancelled his appearance at the televised WTVI/League of Women Voter's candidate debate.

The Charlotte Observer editorial board thought it was a sign of John flexing his muscle, but to many of the rest of us it simply looked like he was scared for the people of Charlotte to see there actually are differences between him and Anthony Foxx. Personally, I think he may be a little too scared that folks will see he is actually too much like Pat McCrory and there is some major McCrory fatigue going around Charlotte.

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